Kwanza Sul is an Angolan province south of Luanda, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Characterized by a tropical climate, it is most enjoyable to visit between July and August. The Kwanza Sul region has been well-known since colonial times and is popular for its bathing beaches. The mountainous province is famous for its Neolithic cave paintings and the ruins of ancient fortifications, as well as its abundance of caves.
The Sassa Caves, arguably the best known in the region, have been nominated as one of the seven wonders of Angola. The nearby beaches (Praia dos Namorados), waterfalls and thermal springs (As águas quentes do Conda - cachoeiras do Binga, Cascata do Kawambundo near the village Wako - Kungo), the Barragem da Sassa (dam), and the Grutas da Maria Bonita with their beautiful view of the water, are all well worth a visit.
We leave Luanda at about 06:00 a.m. and head south where we will pass by the lookout point "Miradouro da Lua".
On the way to Kwanza Sul we drive through a part of the Quicama National Park. We cross the Rio Kwanza, as well as the Rio Longa, which forms the border between Quicama and Kwanza Sul.
We will refresh ourselves in Porto Amboim before we visit the canyon on the Cubal River. From there, we set off to explore the Sassa Caves.
The 30 minute walk to the Sassa Caves will take us through untouched scrubland.
After the visit we will drive to our accommodation in the capital Sumbe and end the evening there.
After breakfast, we head for Gabela. The little town is well known for its rare endemic bird species. Around the town, some areas of the Angolan Scarp savanna and woodlands with its unique plants and animals are still to be found.
Before the Civil War, the region developed into the most important coffee growing area in Angola, especially the area around Gabela could increase its production steadily. So far, unfortunately, it could not be built on this former success.
Enjoy the nature before visiting the Cachoeiras do Binga waterfalls. Afterwards we will drive back to Luanda.
All transfers and transport , fuel, drivers, food for drivers and guides, accommodation for drivers und guides
All meals as listed
Please note, the meals will be typical Angolan food
If you are in need of a special diet, please let us know beforehand
Drinks and snacks in the vehicle
Guide (English speaking)
Tours and activities as highlighted
All road/ bridge tolls, park fees and entrance fees
Upon availability, Spanish or German tours can also be offered
Drinks (at hotels, restaurant, etc.) water at meals is included
Tips (for waiters, hotel staff, etc.)
Extras at hotels
Visa costs and application
Flights to and from Angola
And all other things which are not mentioned on the itinerary
Please note that the caves are not easily accessible. They can only be reached by a walk of about 30 minutes through
overgrown and partly overgrown forest trails.
We strongly recommend wearing sturdy shoes and long pants.
We recommend this tour only for physically fit people. This tour is not recommended for people with heart conditions or for pregnant women.